Lip Series 2: Metallic/Pearly/Lustre Liquid Lippies

2 years ago, when matte liquid lippies were really getting famous, I got amazed by a version that one lipstick that was glittery yet turns matte. I realized that this kind of finish just plumps and gives my small lips a dimension with a much comfortable wear than lip glosses that just transfers everywhere. This year, I saw a lot of brands, especially department store ones that released their metallic liquid lipsticks and everything just got more exciting!

In this post, I’ll be reviewing different metallic lippie lines from 7 brands that caught my attention. Let’s start first with the one of the pioneers, LA SPLASH. They called theirs the Lip Lustre [PHP 600 approx]  which had the same formula (yes, drying yet super pigmented!) as the Lip Couture but with glitters that dry matte. I like how dimensional the finish and luxurious the glitter look like especially when matte. I also saw a similar product from COLOURPOP [PHP 600 approx] but with a more true metal (non-glittery) finish.

Months after, KYLIE releases KyMajesty [PHP1300 approx] which the first ever metallic lippie from the brand, which shookt the market with intense pigment and glitter.

This 2017, I first saw SLEEK launch their Metallic line* [PHP 450] following their famous Matte Me lippies. By definition, metallic lippies shouldn’t be so glittery and Sleek achieved that perfectly with their formula, and with an affordable price. I especially like how lightweight it is on the lip despite the heavy metals.

BYS also launched their Metal Lips Creme Lipstick [PHP 400] with colors and pigmentation that are just beyond expectations esp for the price! The level of opacity and vibrancy is just 100%, perfect for editorial and trendy looks.

With a different formula, NYX released Cosmic Metals [PHP 450 approx]*  with a variety of nude shades. These are not matte, and for me, the feel and finish is similar to a lip gloss (or glass) that has loads of glitter. While kind of heavy on the lip, these give a more metallic finish than a glittered lip gloss.

MAKEUP FACTORY also released a different version that’s called Pearly Mat* [PHP 800 ] , as part of their tribe collection. It has a finish thats in between metallic-glittery-pearl,varying on the shades as you can see below. I like how this one dries quickly with an airy and creamy feel and lasts long too!

I sorted the swatches according to the colors as you can see below for better comparison and appreciation and let’s start with the copper and golden tones that look especially good on morena skin tones.

The above shades and swatches are actually my top favorites amongst all the featured products in this blog. They just gave intense pigment and brilliance (esp for BYS) with a  true metallic finish.

Now with rosy warm tones, the shades below are less metallic and opaque but more matte and glittery (esp for BYS and NYX) than the above colors. I am not a fan of these hues alone, as I would like to wear them as topper.

And lastly, the cool-toned and, dark shades! I am really impressed by how intense and unique the color of BYS Metal Lips are. As you can see, the Kylie lippie is so glittery than metallic, Makeup Factory’s other shades are more pearly and creamy , and that LA SPLASH just has hints of glitter on their matte formula.

Have you tried any metals lips this year? What are your faves?

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Lip Series 1: Rosy Nude Matte Liquid Lippies

#Internationallipstickday or month is over but in our world, there’s no such thing right? It’s everydaaaay! So let me swatch all of my new lippies this year in different series and starting that off with NUDES 😉

…But the pink/rosy kinds of nudes (kinda desaturated/muted) which I have been liking lately for everyday use or if I have overdone my eye makeup 😉

It will also be my first time reviewing some liquid lippies from brands like Cathy Doll, H&M Beauty (yes, they’re here!! Stay tuned on my blog for that!), BYS and Sephora. However, I will be making the reviews deeper as we touch other shades from their lines.

When it comes to rosy/pink nudes, I choose the rosy ones which are typically warmer than the cool nude pinks.

In terms of color, I am usually gravitated towards the bottom part of this arm swatch. They look nicer on my tone and just brightens my complexion.

Now these rosy/pink nudes are all matte. I actually pre-selected the brands here and they are all working for me.

As you can see above, Sleek Birthday Suit which I’ve reviewed here, is always my reference point. It’s just a warm pink (sometimes orangey) that guides me on the right undertone to select. The 6 shades that follower after it are rosy warm shades that I like.

Now for the lip swatches (where I didn’t use daylight so it will tend to appear darker), see below gallery.

  • Cathy Doll Nude Me in Moss Rose [PHP 399]* – This has to be the most matte of them all and a true warm rosy shade. It dries quickly and I really love the pigment, consistency (coz of the flexi wand). It just feels a bit heavy on the lip and cracks when lasts longer but perfect for the first 1-3 hours!
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 06 [PHP 799]* – One of my favorite formulas of affordable liquid lipstick. Doesn’t really dry my lips and the pigment is really high. 06 is a cool pink on my arm but turns to be a little warm on my lip.
  • Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 13 [PHP 799]*- 13 is very close to Birthday Suit color.
  • BYS Velvet Lips in Guilty Taupe [PHP 399] – Velvet Lips is a very nice and affordable choice for liquid lippy. Very pigmented and liquidy and comes in lots of colors  – you will see more of this soon. My only problem is it dries slower than the rest but the wear is fabulous. This Taupe is a muted color but has a hint of rose. Really unique.
  • BYS Velvet Lips in Wicked Plum [PHP 399]* – I don’t think this is plum as I can see more of pink but is very close to Shabby Chic and just a lovely mid-toned pink.
  • Colourette Liquid Lacquer in Vieja [PHP 599] – I will share more about this line from the brand in the next posts because I just love it. On the lip it appeared darker and muted which I love.
  • Pink Sugar Lip & Cheek Stain in Vieja [PHP 349]* – The most affordable but performing line as well as I have reviewed here. This color looks kinda peachy and more pigmented than the reference but looked lovely on my lip!
  • Sleek Matte Me in Shabby Chic [PHP 450] – I have reviewed this line many times and this pink color which was release just las year and renov-ed this year (with a better wand – same as Birthday Suit)  is just a wearable pink for any skin tone.
  • H&M Liquid Lipstick in Enchante [local price to be revealed soon] – is the coolest pink in this set. I will be attending their launch event next week and Ill get to know more about this but the pigment and feel of the product is outstanding. It’s creamy but dries velvety matte and not too drying. Formula to watch for!

What are your favorite pink nudes?

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2 Local Dupes to Kylie Burgundy Palette

Last year, I started buying eyeshadow palettes not available locally and one of my favorite is the Kylie Burgundy Palette (PHP 2100). It is just trendy yet wearable in the selection of colors and just truly pigmented, from mattes to metallics.

So I was receiving some new items from brands this year and noticed that there is something similar to this famous palette by Kylie Jenner. I mean, not truly similar as the famous BYS Berries palette is popularly known as a dupe for Modern Renaissance but you’ll get what I mean later, together with newly launched Peach Purrfect palette by local brand Colourette Cosmetics.

You can see how I just love this palette with how messy it is!

While not really so exactly the same shades as some vary in temperature, but I can definitely mix and match the shades to mimic the Kylie palette. The below arm swatch shows my favorites from all three palettes.

Let’s start with Berries (PHP 1200)*. This is one true favorite this year. The selection of colors, consistency and level of pigments especially from the matte ones are outstanding. There are nudes, oranges and YASSSS, a cool-toned purplish red as a surprise. It comes of a bit powdery but it’s creamy especially for the high pigments.

Using the key shades I compared above, see how pigmented and bold the color is! And blending is just easy. No wonder a lot of people love this palette.

Now using the semi-identical shades from Kylie on the other side of my eye, it really comes off kinda same except that the left is cooler, while right is warmer.

 

I’m kinda sure that if I have mixed some orange to the cool red on the left, it would have been the same. And see how the consistency and level of pigment of the two are close!

OK. Let’s move to the newly launched palette by one new brand in The Philippines that’s really doing well with its launches. This Peach Purrfect (PHP900)* palette doesn’t look peachy to me. It actually is kinda more like Kylie’s selection of colors and the winning shades from this palette are the metallic ones. See how beautiful that bronze and gold are!!! They’re creamy and color payoff is the bomb (especially for the price).

Mixing the bronze and burgundy metallic shades on my eyes, it looks sophisticated and well-blended!

Now applying the identical shades from Kylie, here I couldn’t see much difference really!!

So even if the arm swatch above (in daylight) appeared a bit different in temperature, upon blending, the below shows how great this palette is, especially versus a $42 product.

So when you’re thinking of buying the Burgundy palette, check these two affordable ones!! If you want that Burgundy red from Kylie or shades that you don’t have in your kit yet, you can consider buying Peach Purrfect or Berries for half the price. 😉

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Peach ImPerfect

Peach is so hot right now in the beauty world. But if you have been reading my blog for 6 years, orange is one my go-to colors for eyes and lips as it just suits my warm undertone. When I tried peach on my eyes, I just got that instant blooming effect as I would usually get from orange. I think I’ll be wearing more of this color!

So my take is a monochromatic yet glossy and shiny peach. Just like a juicy tube! I started off with the newest release from BYS Philippines, the Peach palette which just screams all the colors I ever wanted in a palette.

The Peach palette compose mostly of really pigmented warm shimmer shades but there’s this one matte color in the middle that is my favorite!

On my eyes, with a bushy brow using the new MAKE UP FO EVER Brow product brow liner which has super sharp edges, the peachy orange color on my lid looks just so fruity!

I then decided to play! I thought of placing a lip gloss on top of the shadow on my lid and it turned out really juicy!

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For the cheeks, I used these orange-y monos from MAKE UP FOR EVER irridescent shadows in I-752 and I-745 , the new glitters from BYS, and top it all of with this LA SPLASH glitters in Fuzzy Flamingo.

The highlight is courtesy of this new Scult & Glow which made the finish a little but wet, and the lips with the new MAX Factor Matte lippy in 10 Sunkiss which is just so creamy matte and pigmented.

Of course, the look will be complete with my newest launch at www.mikkigalang.com/shop, The Peary lace front wig. It’s a salmon pink wavy (kinda messy) styled angled cut bob which makes the overall look not so polished yet so peach perfect.

What you think about this look? I just had fun creating this and I hope you can do the same as you join my blogversary giveaway! Good luck!

 

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Bowie Royalty

For the #FaceAwardsPHFinale, NYX Cosmetics Philippines challenged us to rock our “Royalty” looks. I decided to interpret Bowie’s iconic makeup style with glitters and sequins. It was such a fun night with my To

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I decided to change the colors of the lightning bolt into red and black for a bolder look. I used pigments as base (and a strong black liquid lippy) with glitters on top.

Key Products Used:

  • BYS Glitter Set in Red and Black
  • Makeup FOR EVER Aqua XL in Red
  • Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Firecracker
  • Sephora Lip & Cheek Stain in 28 (black)

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The other half is a beauty eye- red mono shadow topped with a quad shaped sequin. It just instantly lifts the eye with the upward application of the sequin.

Key products used:

  • Kylie Kyshadow in Burgundy
  •  NYX Ombre Blush (orange)
  • NARS in Audacious Lips in Catherine – a nude orangey lip that fits the strong eye makeup, to be also true to the Bowie hues

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Meow!! J.Cat Beauty is Now in PH

The fun and fabulous cosmetics brand is already made available to makeup enthusiasts in the Philippines. Filipinas can now get to enjoy J.Cat Beauty’s extensive range of professional-quality cosmetics and makeup tools.

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Top billed by its celebrity endorser Arci Munoz, the brand opens the first of three stores in the Philippines. “J. Cat has everything! From the rich and wild colors to the classics and the nudes,” exclaimed Arci whose different looks including the sweet Girl Next Door, the sexy Rock Maiden and the fierce Glamazon were shown during the launch.

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Prolly the celeb that’s most experimental and bold in style (gray purple hair, black lippy, rocker chic vibez, anyone?) in today’s showbiz industry (kinda seeing Jolina in her who I loooove). Asserting that there’s no box when it comes to beauty, no pressure to look the same, and no limits when expressing one’s self.

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Since 2012, J. Cat Beauty has been providing affordable high-quality products to the international cosmetics market. Born in Los Angeles, California, J.Cat Beauty takes pride in their vast selection of professional-grade cosmetics and makeup tools that Filipina beauty junkies have been clamoring for.

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Well-loved among social media-savvy millennials, the brand’s phenomenal success is also credited to its high visibility on Instagram and other online platforms. International beauty gurus like Michelle Phan, Desi Perkins and Chrispy have featured J. Cat Beauty products in their tutorials.

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“J.Cat is a favorite among international beauty makers and makeup lovers. Globally, it has a massive online following from IG tutorials and Youtubers. That’s why we are excited to bring this brand to the Philippines,” said Erin Pacheco, General Manager of J.Cat Beauty.

Few months ago, I got the chance to experience the 1st J.Cat store in Uptown Mall BGC so let me tour you to the products that were calling me and my makeup creative self!

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The brand boasts makeup products that don’t require much retouching. They only produce high quality formulations that deliver comfortable and long-lasting pay off.

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Not only that, it has a myriad of colors and textures, more than the colors of the rainbow. This makes J. Cat Beauty core high in the wearability meter. Choosing from its selection of vivacious colors is something local patrons have been looking forward to. The highly-pigmented shades get any selfie-lover excited! J.Cat’s beauty arsenal make the wearer look gorgeously glammed up whether on or off cam.

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Since J.Cat targets creative and free-spirited women of all ages, the brand delivers products that are affordable and attractive. This color powerhouse is both wallet-friendly and an eye candy. With this, more people can enjoy the perks of having so many possibilities when it comes to their makeup looks.

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During the launch, I roadtested the wonder lip paints and the lipfinity matte shades. I like that both has a very wide variety of shades (from lime greem to black!). I’m leaning towards the wonder lip paints as they’re more consistent and creamy in formulation.

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I really love how they have a wide variety of shades, reflective in the mood and feel of the store. From nail polishes (above), to blushes (below), which are very pigmented and cute!!!!

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Every J.Cat beauty item is formulated without sulfates, phthalates , GMOs, triclosan and other toxic chemicals. I even saw mineral-based glitters which are lot better for skin and the environment. The chemical free-formulations, naturally are good for the skin. Not a single item has been tested on animals, making the whole range of products 100% cruelty-free.IMG_5589

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Since J. Cat Beauty embodies vivacity, creativity and endless possibilities, its brand ambassadors or “Makeup Kittens” were carefully chosen: Jessica Yang, Jach Manere and KC del Rosario. I love Jessica Yang’s quirky oriental features which made interesting match for J. Cat Beauty’s colorful products.

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I’m just so thrilled to play with more of J.Cat’s product for my looks and YT. My eyes are full of color and indeed, meowmazing!!

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BLK!!

As in Black. True black. Weirdly, summer got me into collecting the darkest of hues. Like 50 shades darker!!

Kidding aside, I think i got some confidence in wearing the absence of color , black. They say it’s not an actual color but what I like about it? I gives contrast, definition to my face and volume to my lips!

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So last year, I got my first Kylie Lip Kit, Dead of Knight, which I only got to open this year when a lot of the department store brands started releasing black lippies too!

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A lot of these are matte and in liquid lippy format just like Kylie’s (so can be considered dupes actually) but there’s one also I found from Katy Perry’s collection which is semi-matte.

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On arm swatch under day light, these are just the darkest shades I’ve ever had! To be honest, all of them seem pigmented and very consistent despite the formulas. I haven’t had any other experience wearing black lippies but I’ve seen liquid lippies perform less as it goes darker so these are indicative of how good these brands/lines are.

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For the liquid lippies, I still like working with pointed than flat applicators on my lips. Not that flat applicators are not good but it takes more practice (slanting it).

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The thing is, while you can use eyeliner or a black pigment on lips to achieve these, it’s really the comfort and ease of use and consistency that you’re looking for in this kind of lipstick. You don’t want your black lippie to smudge easily as it’s very pigmented and can ruin lips with just one mistake. It’s also nice that the lipstick dry easily so you secure that dangeours shade easily! (see above photo for quick drying capabilies)

  • Kylie Lip Kit in Dead of Knight (matte) [$ 27] – very good consistency and intensity with a nice applicator that doesn’t require lip liner. Smells good too!
  • BYS Velvet Lips in Dark Knight (matte) [$ 7] – excellent pigmentation (quite bluish) despite its price but it takes quite a while to dry. But once it does, it seals and gives a perfect consistency.
  • Sephora Lip & Cream Stain in 28* (matte) [$ 14] – mid-consistency but buildable and dries easily. has a warm vanilla scent
  • Cover Girl Katy Kat Matte in Perry Panther * (semi-matte) [$ 8] – Semi-matte finish versus all but gives a nice sheen effect which makes the lips pop out more than deepen it.

Key Tips in wearing a Black lippy:

  1. I don’t agree that you need to put minimal eyeshadow or makeup on eyes and cheek when wearing a black lippy as it will eat all details of your face. Put rosy or warm shades on the eyes but not in full smokey effect.
  2. You can use a lip liner (like Kylie’s) for easier drawing but since these are really pigmented, you can actually do it without. Just practice.
  3. Place lots of highlighter!

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Now amongst all, the Kylie is the most difficult to remove, like real pigment prolly. I tried water, gel and oil. It just doesn’t come off easily which may be prolly good since a black lippy should really stay. It’s like you wear it or you don’t as you don’t wanna look like eating a cookies and cream donut hahah. BYS and Sephora are good dupes already for their price (though with different formula; Sephora is more creamy)

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See below photo of second attempt to remove the products.

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It’s kinda good and weird to say that most of them are not drying. I would prolly wear more black in my new posts. Have you tried any black lippie?

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The#CherylBlossom of #Riverdale Lippie

I’ve been watching Riverdale prolly repeating it more than 3x because 1. I haven’t read an Archie Comics and it actually makes me want to now 2. I really like how they break certain HS stereotypes , and 3. It shows a lot of different kinds and personalities of women in a show and that’s amazing. One would be Cheryl Blossom.

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Is being the gay best friend still a thing? FACE

I really like how the women in this show are styled differently according to their personalities – good job to Cover girl, and their cool product placements! Aside from Veronica, Cheryl is one of those dynamic character (bitch on the outside, but reasonable and good), styled so interestingly with bold colors, red lip, intense blush and black eyes. It takes so much confidence and fierce attitude – remember that slow mo walk she had during Jason’s wake? YASSS!!! – to pull off that look I guess!

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Cheryl is a blossom and the family controls the maple syrup business which comes from maple trees. According to Wiki, Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maplered maple, or black maple trees, although it can also be made from other maple species. Much of her styling was derived from this.

 

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And so I researched. Since I haven’t seen any maple tree in my life, and since there are various species, I used google image to show me a pantone of the trees and realised that it’s actually a difficult kind of red. 

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It’s in between a warm orangey red and a cool pinkish one that’s of course, so bright and intense. I swatched all of the hippies at home and below are the closest, with Sleek as being the perfect one

On lips, they kinda look the same but Sleek has the perfect hue that has the warm-cool kind of balance. i like how it actually adjusts!

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So was I able to pull off the look with the side swept red hair (via Makeup Plus app), red lips and painted cheeks? letmeknow if you have dupes for this kind of hue? PS excited for the season finale which Im just about to watch! No spoilers please!

 

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First Unboxing Video: NYX #FaceAwards Top 30

I still couldn’t believe it’s my first official unboxing video after years of blogging haha. Check out my vlog about the infamous NYX boxes that are being sent to the top 30 finalists of the #faceawardsPH. I included some first impressions and favorites too! Also featured my voice in this vid which I have to practice as this will be a requirement when we move to the next rounds of the competition.

Coming Soon: BTS video and Travel vlog!
Please dont forget to VOTE FOR ME at https://faceawards.nyxcosmetics.com.ph/. You can vote 3x per day per person/email until the 15th of May. Hope I get your support if you like the 3 looks I’ve done, the story I’ve created and the film we shot in #SanAntonio #Pundaquit #Zambales. #faceawardsph

 

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2/3 Optical Illusion Garden Nymph | NYX #FaceAwardsPH (VOTE!)

One day, I was sitting in our sofa as my mom was fixing the sequined patches she’s selling at bazaars. They looked very pretty and kinda hypnotizing, especially the butterfly ones. And so I thought : Why shouldn’t I recreate this via glitters and metals on my face and create an optical illusion that’s so illuminating?  😉

If you like this look, please VOTE FOR ME at https://faceawards.nyxcosmetics.com.ph/. 3x per day per person/email until the 15th of May, hope I get your support if you like the 3 looks I’ve done, the story I’ve created and the film I produced by myself in San Antonio Pundaquit Zambales Philippines.

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Check full tutorial here:

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Key NYX products used:

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patches and mirrors available at Mikka’s Closet.

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